How Botox Could Help Treat Bladder Problems

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

Traditionally, Botox is thought of as a way to reverse the aging process by removing unwanted wrinkles. Botox has been widely discussed as a medical treatment for migraines, asthma, and depression before. Recent studies have shown that Botox can actually treat bladder disorders too.

In a recent study done in Taiwan, Botox significantly reduced urinary frequency and urgency. In another study, conducted by the University of Kansas, researchers found that 62 percent of patients who received surgery for bladder issues could have had Botox injections to treat their bladder disorder.

Dr. Rose Khavari, who is the director of research at the Houston Methodist Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine, spoke about how Botox could treat bladder disorders by saying, “We think Botox has two different kinds of effects in the bladder. One, it blocks the nerve endings that go to the muscles that are responsible for bladder contractions. The other way we think it works is by blocking the sensory effect, the sensation of frequency and urgency from the brain”.

These studies show that Botox is much more than a cosmetic wrinkle treatment. Botox can give patients diagnosed with irritable bladder syndrome relief without the stress of undergoing surgery.

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